All posts tagged: artist archive

Featured Image: Work by February James. We Laugh Loud So The Spirits Can Hear, 2020. Installation view. Five highly expressive, framed watercolor portraits hang in the gallery. Image Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery.

The Artist as Changemaker: A Conversation with February James

I’m not even going to belabor the conversation about how we are all living through some of the most challenging times that we may ever see in our existence. We are simply trying to survive a global pandemic amongst civil unrest in the wake of police brutality and efforts to dismantle white supremacy, all during an extremely high stakes election year.  As an artist, I know I’m not the only one who has received these types of emails over the past few months,  “We hope you understand that your exhibition has been postponed due to circumstances surrounding the global pandemic.”  “The gallery has implemented a virtual platform to promote your work in lieu of an in-person exhibition opening.” “Your health and well-being is extremely important to us, which is why we have decided to cancel your upcoming event.”  The pandemic has changed every aspect of our daily lives. Schools, jobs, social gatherings, shopping, exhibitions, festivals, events, and countless others can be added to the never-ending list of things that no longer operate as they once …

Chicago Artists Archive, Part 4

For the final installment of my search through the Chicago Artists Archive, I went looking for some personal favorites: Christina Ramberg, Tony Fitzpatrick and Roger Brown. I became a big fan of the late Christina Ramberg’s work last year while creating a body of work involving hair.  To me, her work is the dark side of the Chicago Imagist.  She rarely, if ever, worked with bright colors, and in her better-known pieces, her figures were bound, gagged or blindfolded by their hair.  Ramberg also had a series of works inspired by quilting, which she exhibited with Rebecca Shore in the early 90s.  Her file mostly consists of show postcards/reviews and obituaries.  Ramberg died of Pick’s Disease in December 1995,  and her file includes several obituaries and announcements for memorials around the city.   One memorial announcement was from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) where she headed the painting and drawing department and another from the Renaissance Society, which frequently exhibited her work.  Besides the postcards and rembrances, there was very little information …